Whether in the street, at home or in the studio, and be it natural or posed, photographing people will never go out of fashion. A portrait should be a collaboration between subject and photographer, and should reveal something about both. When choosing to photograph in a more formal style, remember not to overcomplicate either the pose or the lighting – simplicity makes for a far more polished and memorable image. Character is also a hugely important element in any portrait; viewers want to have an idea of the sitter’s personality and life experience, and this can be conveyed via clothing and expression, and even light. Whether shooting in natural or with studio light, pay attention to maintaining a catchlight in the eyes, and making sure any shadows enhance, rather than detract from the overall result.
There are £11,000 (GBP) worth of vouchers to win in APOY 2023, supplied by sponsors, MPB, plus the title of Amateur Photographer of the Year 2023. Click the 'Prize details' tab for more information.
The winner of each round in APOY 2023 will take home a £500 (GBP) voucher from MPB. The second-placed photographer in each round will win a £100 (GBP) voucher, and third will receive a £50 (GBP) voucher.
The overall winner of APOY 2023, will win a £1,000 (GBP) voucher from MPB, and will be crowned Amateur Photographer of the Year 2023.
A £500 (GBP) voucher and a Rotolight NEO 3 Pro Imagemaker Kit worth £650 (GBP) will be awarded to the winning UK Camera Club.
This contest is expert judged only with no rating by the crowd. You will be able to find out how you did when the judging or rating period has closed.